In March of 1876, out of a desire to worship as they had in their native Germany and to educate their children in the Lutheran faith, a group of 125 men and their families voted to begin St. Paul Lutheran Church in Michigan City, IN. They immediately began St. Paul Lutheran School for 1st through 8th grades. With an amazing amount of dedication and sacrifice of time and resources, St. Paul Lutheran Church was built by December of that same year.

Lutherans are one branch of the protestant faith founded by Martin Luther in Germany in the Sixteenth Century. The
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
was formed over 20 years ago. This new church was formed from three separate and well-established North American church bodies: The American Lutheran Church, The Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, and the Lutheran Church in America.

Beginning January 1, 1988, these churches, with shared beliefs and missions, officially formed the ELCA. Two decades later, this energized church is composed of 4.8 million members and nearly 10,500 congregations across the U.S. and Caribbean. Today, the ELCA reflects the rich and diverse heritage of the people it serves. For more information on the ELCA, visit their website at www.elca.org.



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